The announcement did not sit well with the Central Ohio Federation of Musicians, which represents the members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Douglas Fisher, the president of the union, said in a statement, "Seeing Cinderella with a tape recording is like going to a Buckeye game with a taped marching band."
The live music was cut from the performances in order to save money. The 47 musicians for Cinderella would have cost $52,873 for the five performances over the four-day run. The show's 29 dancers cost $18,500.
The decision to eliminate the orchestra for these performances was "agonizing," BalletMet executive director Cheri Mitchell said.
BalletMet only narrowly avoided posting a deficit for 2004; it would have been the company's first deficit in 26 years.
Performances of Cinderella run through April 17.